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John Barber

John Barber, one of 100 convicts transported on the Chapman, 12 April 1826

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Barber
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 23rd August, 1803
Occupation: Boatman
Date of Death: 4th October, 1870
Age: 67 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Norfolk, Town and Borough of Great Yarmouth, Session of Oyer and Terminer, Peace and Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Chapman
Departure date: 12th April, 1826
Arrival date: 7th October, 1826
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 99 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 3
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Community Contributions

Rella Barber on 1st May, 2016 wrote:

Original sentence was death by hanging, commuted to 14 years… Was his 2nd offence (Burglary; Housebreaking and stealing bundles of rope).
1st offence 1820 Larceny, convicted and punished to 3 weeks gaol and whipped.
Future Father in Law, Edward Tilley was transported for 7 years in 1824 (2 years earlier) on board the same Transport ship, “Chapman”.

william barber on 9th April, 2017 wrote:

rumour had it that after getting his freedom that he sank a boat owned by a former master of him by the name of king. Boat was anchored off Swansea awaiting unloading the next morning and was not manned.
He married Amelia Tilley the daughter of another convict Edward Tilley. He is buried at Llandarf near Barbers River outside Swansea. He and Amelia had 12 children

Convict Changes History

Maria Kafaltis on 16th April, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 23rd August, 1803, gender, crime

Rella Barber on 1st May, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 4th October, 1870 (prev. 0000)

william barber on 9th April, 2017 made the following changes:


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